So that’s how the world ends; not with a bang, but a whimper. We are officially eliminated from any and all playoff spots, which means our season is basically over. Derek Jeter’s last home game is tomorrow, his last ever game is on Sunday night. If we’re going to win any of the next four games, please let them be those. One of the people I follow on Twitter tweeted an interesting graphic concerning the last time the Yankees missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons —
For the uninitiated, that’s what gas prices were like the last time that happened, which should give you an idea of how rare an occurrence it is. Gas under a buck…..where oh where did the time go.
Our pitching sucked this afternoon, and there’s no nice way of putting it. Our starter, Shane Greene, lasted only 3.2 innings, giving up 6 ER on 7 H. Our bullpen gave up a further 3 ER on 8 H. It was just an all-around sh!tshow, so I’m not sure if yesterday was an aberration or what. Claiborne and Huff were the only two relievers who didn’t crap the bed, so good for them.
The offense was as stale and pathetic as the pitching. Once again, the top part of the lineup had all the hits/runs, with one exception; Stephen Drew went 1-2 with an RBI, and he bats sixth. Chase Headley went 3-4 with an RBI, Mark Teixeira went 2-4 with 3 RBI, and that’s basically anything of consequence.
Walk-offs are nice, certainly, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a walk-off error before. In that I mean, an error allowed a runner to score, hence the Yankees winning the game. Definitely a new one, but the outcome was more than acceptable. We’ve actually won two whole games in a row now, though how long that’ll go on……I haven’t a clue.
Shane Greene took the mound last night and pitched a damn good game — 6.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. It’s a shame he didn’t factor in the win, because he deserved it. For any of our starters to make it into the 7th inning is a big deal, especially the pitchers that come from the back of the rotation. Dellin Betances, Shawn Kelley, and David Robertson (who got the win) all pitched in relief, but the only one who crapped the bed was Shawn Kelley. He gave up 2 ER on 2 H, allowing the Jays to tie the game. Not cool. Thankfully Adam Lind had butterfingers and we were able to squeak away with a win, even if we didn’t play like we deserved to.
On that continued note, at least we managed more than five hits, which is something. Jeter went 2-4 with an RBI and Stephen Drew went 2-3 with an RBI….and that’s really it. The offense was fairly spread out, but when two players have half your hits and two-thirds of your run production, things may look spread out, but that’ll just make it all look worse.
Hey, we won. I’d get excited, but it wasn’t much of a victory. Not that I begrudge the Orioles anything, they’re clearly a great team. They’ve more than earned the success they’ve achieved this season. I may hate other teams, but I can admit when they’re better than us, and a whole lot of folk are better than us this year. At least winning this afternoon meant we can’t get swept, which I’m accepting as the victory we can take away from this series.
Shane Greene was our starter today, lasting 5.1 innings, giving up 2 ER on 7 H, while walking one and striking out nine. I would have liked to have seen him last the entire 6th inning, if only for it to register as a “quality start,” but he got the win, so it all came out the same in the end. David Robertson picked up his 36th save on the season as well.
Chris Young stole home today, proving that not all things that come from the Mets are bad. He’s been downright fantastic for us in the short time we’ve had him thus far. Richardson and McCann clocked our other two runs. We only had four hits as it was, so it’s not like we did a whole lot today. Going 1-5 with RISP and leaving six men on base certainly didn’t help, Baltimore’s outstanding pitching aside. Let’s hope we can at least force a tie tomorrow evening with a win.
Remember yesterday how I said we’d probably lose today because we tend to do that a lot, constantly moving in an up and down motion? Well, we done gone and lost. Not just lost, but we got shut out to boot! Because as we’ve learned from the Yankees this season, if there’s anything worth doing, it’s worth overdoing. It’s a shame too, because even though Shane Greene only lasted 5.2 innings, those 5.2 innings weren’t completely dismal. Our bullpen was spot on, as well. The problem, much like the first game of this series, was the offense. Or in this case, the lack of it. It certainly was quite nice for the Yankees to help honor Derek Jeter by doing absolutely nothing at the plate, even as he was one of only people to get a hit. With 21 games left, I have a feeling they’re just playing out the string, but for Jeter’s sake alone, I’d like to at least finish on a good note.
The Red Sox are arguably one of the worst teams in the American League, if not all of baseball, so naturally we lose to them. I called that to myself before the game even started. I really wanted to be wrong, and hoped that when the Red Sox jumped to an early lead we’d snap out of it, but alas, ’twas not to be. As a side note, I read that the Yankees will be wearing a patch in honor of Derek Jeter, and what I’d like to know is why. He’s not dying, he’s retiring. I’m not taking anything away from his legacy, he will rightfully go down as one of the greatest Yankees of all time, not to mention one of the greatest shortstops in all of baseball, but the somewhat overwrought reaction he’s getting whenever the Yankees play in someone else’s ballpark is just a bit….maybe not ridiculous, but a little over the top. I love him, and I’ll miss him, but he’s not moving to a colony on Mars, people.
Now, on to the pitching last night, which was in a word, abysmal. Shane Greene started but didn’t stay long, lasting only 2.2 innings, giving up 6 ER on 6 H. He walked three, struck out three, and gave up two HRs. Lovely line. It’s not like our relievers did that much better, giving up a combined 3 ER on 6 H, with 3 BB and 9 K. The only good part of any of that is the 9 K part, and that was all of relievers put together. It was a sh!t-show from start to finish. There’s really nothing else that can be said about it, it was that bad.
To make matters worse, it wasn’t like the offense was any better. Brian McCann went 2-4 with an RBI, Martin Prado went 2-3 with an RBI, and Derek Jeter went 1-4 with an RBI. That was pretty much the extent of our vaunted offense. You can’t win games if you don’t score runs, though it helps if your pitching doesn’t give up nine of them, but if we had any urgency in us whatsoever, we could have pulled this one out. Hopefully tonight’s game goes much better than this one did. Hopefully.
That was a sorely needed win. Not simply because we’re chasing Detroit for the 2nd Wild Cart spot, but because we can’t afford to lose too many games now. We’re at the stage in the season now where wins are at a premium, and we’re playing teams that can’t afford to lose either, so we have to fight, scratch, and claw our way to every possible win that we can. Baltimore lost last night, so we gained a game on them, and we obviously beat Detroit, so that’s good news on that front.
Shane Greene had a tough assignment — be better than David Price. Last night, that wasn’t such a tall order. His final line was 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K. Exactly what we needed from him when we needed it. Our bullpen gave up a further 3 H and 2 ER, but fortunately our offense built enough of a cushion that it didn’t jeopardize our chances of winning the game. Speaking of the offense…
I’m of two minds on this. One, we finally scored more than 4-5 runs, and everyone in the lineup got at least one hit, some two. Two, we unfortunately scored all our runs in the 3rd inning and didn’t do anything after that. In a perfect world, we’d have collected those eight runs over the course of the entire game, but the Yankees like to do things spectacularly, whether it’s winning or losing, so we scored them all at once and hoped it would be enough. With a bullpen that burps up the lead occasionally, one might consider that a potentially foolhardy adventure, but leave it to the Yankees to demonstrate how little faith we sometimes have in them. The best part of everyone in the lineup getting a hit, is that nearly everyone in the lineup got an RBI, as well. I won’t single anyone out, because everyone did a great job. Let’s do it again this afternoon!
Hot damn, late-inning breaks go OUR way this time! I can’t remember the last time we had a walk-off win, and since wins are at a premium for us at the moment, it made this extra special. The White Sox are a poor team, so I hoped we wouldn’t need to resort to late-inning heroics to take the game, but since the Yankees can’t be bothered to score more than 3 or 4 runs a game, we have to work with what we get. The second best part of tonight’s slate of games is that the Cubs, the poor, poor Cubs, beat the Orioles. I KNOW. I couldn’t believe it either. My hometown team always finds a way to come someone’s aid, and this time it was ours.
Our rotation has been a bit of a dog’s breakfast, or catch as catch can if you want to use another metaphor. Shane Greene took the mound tonight, giving us a serviceable performance — 5.0 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K. Not great, but not awful, either. I think “middling” is a good word to describe it. Shawn Kelley, Dellin Betances, and David Robertson made up the relief core, giving up a total of 2 H, 0 ER, and 6 K with no walks. D-Rob ended up with the win, as he was the pitcher of record when Martin Prado singled with the bases loaded, scoring Ichiro.
Speaking of Martin, he went 2-5 with 3 RBI, which is 75% of our entire offensive output all night. Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-4 with an RBI, which makes up the other 25%. Am I the only one bothered by that? Not the fact we won, but the fact that our offense is so woeful, two people are solely responsible for the reason we won the game. Some of these guys are killing me. I shouldn’t ask for more than 4 runs tomorrow, because we’ll end up getting shut out, but it would be nice if we managed to actually score, and score with some authority. Come on fellas, I know you can do it.